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A Giant Day

all seasons in one day

Giants Causeway 1

Giants Causeway 1

Giants Causeway 2

Giants Causeway 2

Giants Causeway 3

Giants Causeway 3

Carrick-a-rede bridge

Carrick-a-rede bridge

Peace wall, Belfast

Peace wall, Belfast

Mural, Belfast

Mural, Belfast


Very early start this morning to board a day tour to Northern Ireland. It was a long drive through some changeable weather. They say Melbourne has 4 seasons in a day, well Ireland has 4 seasons in an hour! It was raining, then 15 min later blue sky and sun then 30 min later hail! This was the trend for the day.
The route took us along the Antrim coastal drive. The coastal scenery was very nice. They compare it to our GOR but I think we still have it our them. First stop was carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Thankfully the weather cleared for this part. This is a 20m length rope bridge suspended 30M above the raging sea below. I was not expecting crossing the bridge to be an extreme activity but in 35mph winds it was a hairy experience. The bridge swayed quite a bit.

Next was lunch. One thing I had not considered was the Nth Ireland is part of the UK and thus the currency is GBP not Euro as in Ireland. Luckliy I still had 40GBP left over from my time in England & Scotland.

Next up was the Giants Causeway. This is similar to parts of the SE Tasmanian coastline but on a bigger scale. The weather started off ok but after a short while a heavy shower was upon us. The place was magnificent and I only wish we had more time here. Alas the problem with organised tours. After the Causway we had a short stop at Dunlace castle which looked impressive through the bus window whilst the rain was coming down sideways.

Finally we had a short time in Belfast. I chose to take the Black Taxi tour which visits areas in Belfast that were part of IRA/UFF conflict. As news of the troubles was heavily censored both sides used murals to communicate about battles, spread propaganda & commemorate those who lost their lives . I was surprised to learn that a 12m 'peace' wall that divides Catholic Belfast from Protestant Belfast is still in operation. The wall is 14 km in length has 9 gates only 1 of which is open 7 days a week. This was a great activity to choose. Better then going to see a dock where the Titanic launch.

Tomorrow I leave the British Isles for the warmer climate of Malta. It will be a big day of travelling so probably no blog update for a couple of days.

Posted by adtamo 14:36 Archived in Northern Ireland

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